Tole and Decorative Painting
Basic Brush Shapes

Flat Wash/Glaze Brush
Used for varnishing, glazing, basecoating, etc.
Dagger Striper
A flat long brush cut in the shape of a dagger. Used to make long strokes such as for long, thin leaves, ribbons and borders.

 

Script Liner
A liner but with much longer bristles which form a fine point. Used for fine script or scroll work.

 

Liner
Thin brush that comes to a fine point, but with shorter bristles than the script liner. Also used for script or scroll work.

 

Filbert
A flat brush with the bristles cut in an oval shape. Sometimes called 'Cat's Tongue' or 'Oval'.

 

Deerfoot
A short-bristled dense round brush with bristles cut at an angle. Creates texture when used like a stencil brush.

 

Round Brush
Full bristled round brush with bristles coming to a point. Used for thick to very thin stroke work.

 

Pointed Round
Full bristled round brush with bristles coming to a fine point. Used for very thin stroke work.

 

Chisel Blender
Identical to a flat brush but with shorter bristles that come to a chisel edge. Sometimes called a "bright." Used for blending and shading.

 

Flat Shader
Squared bristles with a chisel edge. Used for shading.

 

Spotter/Detailer
Used for intricate detail work.

 

Mop Brush
Large, soft-bristled round brush used to even out the edges of floats.

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